Lovely Lockets

Statement necklaces continue to be big both literally and figuratively this season, but when the occasion calls for more delicate jewelry, the piece should be something special. One genre of necklaces that is back on fashion’s radar screen is the locket. These sentimental pieces can be found at purveyors of antique and vintage jewelry, and they present an option for wearing the monograms that are currently gaining in popularity.

The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar presents the fashion wish list of Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman. She provides her top jewelry choices for evening and daywear. Her selections: “Dramatic vintage pieces from Kentshire, for evening,” and “Paige Novick’s link earrings for everyday.” Pictured is a Kentshire locket on a chain, described as “chic estate jewelry,” and Paige Novick earrings described as “lovely links.” For a wristwatch, Fargo chooses “classic, vintagey-looking men’s timepieces—my Franck Muller, Cartier, and Hermes.” Pictured is a Cartier watch, described as “the timeless timepiece.”

In the June issue of Glamour, singer Carrie Underwood is pictured wearing an oval locket from Doyle & Doyle together with a round pendant from Camilla Dietz Bergeron. Her shirt and slipdress are from Marc Jacobs.

In the June issue of InStyle, designer Rachel Roy provides style advice to readers. One reader asks: “My brother is getting married, and the dress code will likely be conservative. Will I offend Grandma if I show up in a mullet skirt (short in front, long in back) and a statement necklace?” Roy’s response: “If a mullet skirt is your thing, do it! But pick a shoe that’s delicate. . . And I’d opt for spare jewelry, like a locket, versus oversize. Even better: Wear a necklace that belonged to your grandmother—it’s a nice way of incorporating family.”

In another bit of jewelry-related advice, Roy suggests styling a tutu with a men’s ribbed tank a la Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, worn with strappy heels and a fitted schoolboy blazer with a cluster of brooches on the lapel.

Not all lockets being seen in the fashion press are antique or vintage. An ad for jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann in the May issue of Town & Country presents “The Locket Collection: Every locket reveals a story. What’s your story?” The photo features lockets in 18k gold and sterling silver, some accented with diamonds.

As part of the Monica Rich Kosann ad, actress Mia Kirshner is pictured wearing one of the designer’s lovely lockets.

The personalized sentimentality of the locket makes this a piece of jewelry almost certain to be treasured and handed down from generation to generation.